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Monday, April 27, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Mexican Chicken Casserole

This week I'm sharing my Mexican Chicken Casserole. I've posted the recipe before in a Menu Plan Monday post, but since then I've taken more pictures of the casserole and wanted to post it by itself. And since we're having it this week, it seemed like a good time to share it.

This is one of our favorite meals! It's a pretty versatile recipe, and it makes a great make-ahead meal, and I think it would be good to freeze too. Enjoy!

Recipe for Mexican Chicken Casserole:

2 cans chicken breast, drained or 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked & chopped/shredded
1 reg bag tortilla chips (use as much as you like)
1 1/4 cup chicken broth or water (I use the broth drained off of the canned chicken)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 - 1 1/2 cups of salsa (I don't really put an exact amount)

Instructions: Spray 9X13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Mix together all ingredients except chips. Layer bottom of casserole dish with crushed chips. Then place part of the chicken mixture on top of the chips. Continue to layer chips and chicken mixture, ending with chips on top. Then sprinkle some additional cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Tips & Suggestions
-I usually place a pile of chips on a plate and then serve the casserole on top of the chips. Additionally I get out additional salsa, shredded lettuce, extra cheese, and sour cream to go on top. You could also use peppers, onions, diced tomatoes, or any other topping with this recipe.

-Also, the original recipe included jalepeno peppers and rotel tomatoes with the chicken mixture instead of salsa.

-This is a great way to use up crumbled chips from the bottom of the bag. My husband hates eating small pieces of chips so I find that this is a great way to make sure that they don't go go waste. Plus, you don't have to work as hard to crush them.

Above is a photo of the casserole after it's baked, and below is a picture of how it can be served. I like to place it on a bed of chips and top it with sour cream and extra cheese.

And if you like a little more heat, you can follow this example. In this photo, the casserole is served on a bed of chips, and topped with sour cream, cheese, salsa, and taco sauce.



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